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Re: Maximus

Postby Wurzel » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:52 pm

This was the butterfly that got me hooked - I'd been messing around with my wife's camera taking shots of Specklies etc and I got a shot of a Blue Badger ad that was it! :D As I look out of the window at the drear these shots remind me to cheer up as some of these little beauties are still out there :D A lovely set of shots :D

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Re: Maximus

Postby Goldie M » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:55 pm

I love your Copper shots, they reminded me of my visit to Kent and the Copper ab I saw there, my first for Copper's Goldie :D

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Re: Maximus

Postby bugboy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:06 pm

That is a real gem of a blue badger and is it my imagination or is there a distinct tendency towards short tails down that way?
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Re: Maximus

Postby David M » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Absolutely stunning Coppers, Mike, and as others have commented, that's one hell of a caeruleopunctata!

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Re: Maximus

Postby Maximus » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:03 pm

Thanks for your comments.

Friday 27th October

We recently spent a few days in Kent enjoying a family break. Apart from the Wednesday and Friday, which were sunny and warm, the weather was mainly grey and mild. On the Wednesday we were at Kingsdown for lunch with friends, after which we were gagging to take a walk along the clifftop, but not wishing to appear rude we had to pass up on the opportunity. We did, however, spot a Small White and some Red Admirals from the balcony of their home which overlooks the clifftop. Given the shirt sleeve weather, and with Calais clearly visible across the channel, we felt that a Long-tailed Blue could have been a real possibility!
On the Friday, as a means of compensation, we headed over to Dungeness to see what we could find. The car temperature sensor was showing seventeen degrees as we parked up by the lighthouse. We headed across and into the moat with no real expectation, but to our joy we quickly spotted our first Small Copper. Exploring the area we began to find more, some which were fairly worn but also some lovely fresh looking individuals.

Some of the Blackthorn was in flower


A lovely caeruleopunctata female

A fresh female

And this stunning individual




Surprisingly, we also found two Small Heaths which were in remarkable condition.



And several Red Admirals


The moat

After spending a couple of hours in the moat we decided to head for the power station wall in the hope of finding a Clouded Yellow. Although it didn’t look particularly promising territory we were very pleased to find a total of three flying along the wall, stopping to nectar on dandelions. They were a little flighty as it was particularly warm in the shelter of the wall, but we managed a couple of shots.


The power station wall

Four butterfly species seen on a late October day, now that really made our trip special!

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Re: Maximus

Postby millerd » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:10 pm

What lovely glowing Coppers - and Small Heaths at the tag end of October is exceptional. Sounds like a splendid day out! :)


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Re: Maximus

Postby David M » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:31 pm

Thanks for the context shots, Mike. It's nice to see images of features several others have written about.

Lovely Copper shots, and as others have said, those Small Heaths are a real bonus.

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